HomeWeddingsSarah & Chris

Sarah & Chris

Christopher Kemp and Sarah Gray

From a sword fight demonstration to a venue with a special history, Christopher Kemp and Sarah Gray’s wedding was full of unique personal touches.
The couple, who were friends for several years before they got together, was married at Sarah’s parents’ property near Echunga on November 24, 2023.


“I love the property and it was my first choice of venue,” Sarah says.
“We held the ceremony and reception in the paddock behind the house, which also happens to be the same paddock my parents met in.
“Mum was camping over for a cycling event that Dad’s parents were organising.”
Chris and Sarah first met while studying geology at the University of Adelaide, but they reconnected during Palaeontology Week some time after graduating and began spending time together with a group of friends who played VR.
It was another two years before they started dating and Chris later proposed to Sarah at one of their regular VR gatherings.
“He proposed with an aluminium 3D printed ring he designed and printed himself, which is incredibly awesome and something I will treasure forever,” Sarah says.
Chris and Sarah were married by celebrant Bronwen James, who they say did a “phenomenal” job running the ceremony, while an impromptu sword fight demonstration (by students and friends of Chris’ martial arts school) and a magnificently manicured paddock were among their highlights on the day.
“My dad had spent almost every weekend leading up to the event mowing the entire area with the tractor,” Sarah says.
“He even got the push mower and whipper snipper out for the detailed bits.
“I don’t know how many hours he spent out there, but he managed to turn a pretty rough patch of land into a beautifully manicured garden just for the event.”

Dress: Two dresses, both op shop finds
Flowers: Sarah’s sister in law, Dominique, of Dandy Lane Flowers
Photographer: James Field
Previous article
Next article

LATEST POSTS

Lauren & Justin

Lauren Fowles and Justin McCue's love story began in the Adelaide Hills in 2021 after they were connected by mutual friends. “Our mutual friends planted the...

Lauren & Anthony

A secluded beach near Streaky Bay was the backdrop for Anthony Feijen's proposal to Lauren Nitschke. “We were strolling along a secluded beach, I was admiring...

Lucy & Jesse

Jesse Davies and Lucy Eakins The couple, who met at a church camp in 2015, were holidaying at Port Rickaby with Lucy’s family over the March...

Christine & Dan

Dan Smith and Christine Kowald Dan Smith and Christine Kowald met in Geelong in 2019, but it was their Adelaide Hills property that set the backdrop...

Other stories

Editor’s note – Winter 2024

Welcome to the winter 2024 edition of the Hills Wanderer!Warm woollen jumpers, coats and gumboots – it's that time of year again!Over the past...

Fashion in the Hills

Photography | Daniele Cazzolato Stylists | Emily Fels & Tiffany Cazzolato Make-up | Tianna Faulkner Talent | Carly White & Nick Kennett If you're looking for the perfect...

Transcending words through dance

When contemporary dancer Rhianna Dunaiski is artfully expressing herself on stage it’s a feeling like no other. “If you ask any dancer why they love...

Driven by art generosity and love

David Dridan is one of the SA art world’s living treasures. His distinctive landscape paintings are almost entirely devoid of human influences and his great...

Winter’s Song

Enchanted by her half-lightand whispers of lingering nights.Here I stand, grounding,my feet upon her soil.Imagination courses throughmy roots, akin to the trees,delving deep, steadying...